Editor’s Desk: A Lesson in a Supermarket

New Dimensions' guest, Susan Moon (see program #3374, airing Jan. 5, 2011), tells the story of her mother's circle of women friends. They call themselves,"Mother's of Daughters" and would have a gathering each time a daughter came to visit from far away. Although their hands were shaking and many used walkers to help them get around, they had each lived vibrant and interesting lives. So often we are quick to dismiss our elders. We can be impatient with them as they amble slowly down the grocery store aisles blocking our way as we rush around in our "busy" and "important" lives. There was a day, however, when I was stopped in my tracks by a young man who had a different view from mine.
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Editor’s Desk: Mentors Along the Way

Our attention is most often captivated by what comes straight at us in our life: those big changes that come rumbling down the highway like a Mac truck pulling a full load. I’m more attracted to those smaller events that, when strung together like holiday lights, light up my life. I’m reminded of the words of a dear friend, author, and superb storyteller, Phil Cousineau, who quotes the Irish novelist William Trevor, reminding us to pay attention to what we see “out of the corner of our eye.”  These are the kinds of moments that awaken my curiosity and deepen
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Editor’s Desk: Becoming a Better Receiver of Intuitive Guidance

There are times when I need advice beyond my “normal” mode of operating. It is a time when my list of pros and cons don’t inspire me and consulting with friends does not enliven my heart to leap up with their well-intentioned advice. I feel the fire burning behind me but, truth be told, I’d rather be called ahead by the angels. In order to do this, I’m emboldened to turn it over to a greater source of wisdom. This turning calls for a shift of my attention from my small, ego-identified self to another source of intelligence. I must
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Editor’s Desk: Talismans Support Me In My Meditation

I was recently asked by New Dimensions guest Liz Kalloch to participate in a story/painting project called Tools & Talismans — a series of vignette paintings she’s creating based on photos of tools and talismans from 100 different women. I loved taking a photo and writing about the talismans I use in my daily practice. The ritual of setting up a small altar as I begin my meditation practice serves as a way to help me release my everyday “mind chatter.” These talismans are reminders that I’m entering a sacred quiet time and help me to settle into a calm
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Growing the Rings of Consciousness

In pondering what makes New Dimensions stand out from the clutter of other programming and interviews now available one must look into the ancestral lineage of conversation covering a broad range of topics highlighting the changing of an age. These conversations have been building on one another for over 40 years, inspiring us to be conscious of the shifting tides of human culture as it is happening. Never before in human history have we been able to simultaneously be part of it and be witness to such a large shift in consciousness. New Dimensions is special in this way and
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Justine Toms Attends the Parliament of the World’s Religions

Millionth Circle Initiative A group of us attended the Parliament of the World’s Religions together as part of the Millionth Circle Initiative. We gave several presentations at the Parliament, which left us with quite a bit of time to enjoy a virtual cornucopia of offerings. There were over 500 workshops and talks as well as several plenary sessions each day. So, with 9500 people attending, one can imagine the overwhelming choices to be made. Prior to the formal opening of the Parliament, we began on Tuesday with our small circle of Millionth Circle conveners. We welcomed several visitors to this
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Editor’s Desk: The Little Yellow Dump Truck

The traffic is moderately heavy as I take the 20-minute drive down Highway 101 from Santa Rosa to the New Dimensions recording studio in Petaluma. I am looking forward to meeting Ralph White, the cofounder of New York’s Open Center and one who has been “on the path of awakening” for over three decades. I’m listening to a book on my iPhone. My most favorite genre is historical fiction, and today I’m nearing the end of Ken Follette’s Edge of Eternity. It is a masterful telling of the 20th century up to the fall of the Berlin Wall. I’ve made
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Editor’s Desk: Sadie the Goat

This month we are featuring an interview with Gene Baur (program #3545, Farm Sanctuary: The Happiest Place On Earth), co-founder of The Farm Sanctuary. The time spent with Gene reminded me of this lovely story that was shared with me by a dear friend. The Wise Goat Named Sadie Tom had a prize-winning goat he called Sadie. Apparently she gave the finest milk in abundance. Another farmer got wind of this and asked Tom if he could borrow her for a time. It was agreed that Sadie would make a guest appearance at the other dairy farm. A young milker
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My Cluttered Desk

In late 2013 I sat down in dialogue with therapist David Bedrick. He’s a delightful man whose work includes the Process Oriented Therapeutic model as developed by Arnold and Amy Mindell. I’m tremendously impressed with his work and had the opportunity to do a bit of work with him during our conversation in the New Dimensions Café program #C0278, The Seed Of Truth Inside Our Afflictions. What we worked on was something that I’d been trying to change for some time, and that was the clutter that I always seem to be working in. Here is how I described it:
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